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Diana Cassady is an associate adjunct professor in the department of public health sciences at UC Davis. Her research focuses on a number of areas, including primary prevention of chronic disease, diet and physical activity, social marketing, reducing disparities in health status, and environmental and policy strategies to promote health. She received her Dr.P.H. in health education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. She also holds an M.P.H. in health education from UC Berkeley.

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McFadden is director of UC Berkeley's Econometrics Laboratory, and his current research focuses on the economic status of the elderly and the adequacy of their housing arrangements, financial planning and the delivery and cost of health services. His research has had profound effects on public policy issues including alternative modes of transportation, electricity usage, attitudes about clean air initiatives and regulation. In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, he was awarded the prestigious Nemmers Prize in economics from Northwestern University in 2000.

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Dr. Barbara C. Staggers is director of adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital Oakland. She also serves as director of external affairs and community relations. She earned her B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley, her M.D. from UC San Francisco, and a master's in public health (in health education) from UC Berkeley. She completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Oakland and her fellowship in adolescent medicine at UCSF. Recipient of numerous national and state honors and awards, Dr. Staggers is a national authority on high-risk youth, urban and minority youth, violence and health care issues of multicultural societies

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Dr. Reingold heads the California Emerging Infections Program, a joint program with state and local health departments, and is the principal investigator for the CDC grant funding the Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness based at UC Berkeley. Reingold can talk about all aspects of infectious diseases: health risks, challenges of detecting outbreaks, and safety precautions. Reingold notes that SARS is believed to be a variant of a coronavirus, a group of viruses that spreads easily from person to person.

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Dr. Anthony Iton was named the senior vice president for health communities at The California Endowment in August 2009. Iton oversees the endowment's 10-year, Building Healthy Communities California Living 2.0 initiative. Prior to joining the endowment, Iton served as director of and health officer for the Alameda County Department of Public Health. He had a state-mandated responsibility to protect the county's health and had authority over all medical care and public health for the county. Previously, Iton was director of health and social services for the city of Stamford, Conn.

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Angie Wei is legislative director of the California Labor Federation, the state's AFL-CIO. The federation, which is a major player in California's health care scene, represents 1,200 affiliated unions and more than 2 million workers covered by collective bargaining agreements. Wei is also a member of the California State Senate's Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. Her term expires in 2008.

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Alison Galvani is an associate professor of epidemiology and ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University. She was a post-doctoral research fellow in the department of integrative biology at UC Berkeley. An expert on severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, Galvani believes the rapid spread of SARS indicates the potential for an epidemic reminiscent of the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918. "Though SARS has a low mortality rate, it seems to have a high rate of secondary infections, which is what really determines how damaging a pathogen will be," she has said.

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